Today in History for October 1998
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Events 1 - 19 of 19
1st - Vladimir Putin became a permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation.
7th - Matthew Shepard, a gay student at the University of Wyoming, is found tied to a fence after being savagely beaten by two young adults in Laramie, Wyoming.
8th - Oslo Gardermoen airport opening after the close down of Fornebu.
11th - A Congo Airlines Boeing 727 is shot down by rebels in Kindu, Democratic Republic of the Congo, killing 40 people.
14th - NY Islanders beat Tampa Bay, 7-1, to end 11 game winless streak
14th - Eric Robert Rudolph is charged with 6 bombings including the 1996 Centennial Olympic Park bombing in Atlanta, Georgia.
16th - Former Chilean dictator Gen. Augusto Pinochet is arrested in London on a warrant from Spain requesting his extradition on murder charges.
17th - At Jesse, in the Niger Delta, Nigeria, a petroleum pipeline explodes killing about 1200 villagers, some of whom are scavenging gasoline.
18th - Samsung World Championship of Women's Golf
19th - The Earth Liberation Front sets fire to the Vail Mountain ski resort in Vail, Colorado, causing $12 million in damage.
23rd - Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Chairman Yasser Arafat reach a "land for peace" agreement.
24th - Launch of Deep Space 1 comet/asteroid mission
28th - An Air China (Mainland China) jetliner is hijacked by disgruntled pilot Yuan Bin and flown to Taiwan.
29th - Apartheid: In South Africa, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission presents its report, which condemns both sides for committing atrocities.
29th - While en route from Adana to Ankara, a Turkish Airlines flight with a crew of 6 and 33 passengers is hijacked by a Kurdish militant who orders the pilot to fly to Switzerland. The plane instead lands in Ankara after the pilot tricked the hijacker into thinking that he was landing in the Bulgarian capital of Sofia to refuel.
29th - Hurricane Mitch, the second deadliest Atlantic hurricane in history, made landfall in Honduras.
29th - Space Shuttle Discovery blasts off on STS-95 with 77-year old John Glenn on board, making him the oldest person to go into space.
29th - ATSC HDTV broadcasting in the United States is inaugurated with the launch of STS-95 space shuttle mission.
31st - Iraq disarmament crisis begins: Iraq announces it would no longer cooperate with United Nations weapons inspectors.
Birthdays 1 - 2 of 2
Weddings 1 - 2 of 2
3rd - Dutch-born model Annette Roque (33) weds The Today show cohost Matt Lauer (41) at Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton, New York
25th - "Punky Brewster" actress Soleil Moon Frye (22) weds television producer and actor Jason Goldberg (26) at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles, California
Deaths 1 - 22 of 22
1st - Pauline Julien, French Canadian singer (b. 1928)
2nd - Gene Autry, American singer, actor, and entrepreneur (b. 1907)
2nd - Olivier Gendebien, Belgian racing driver (b. 1924)
3rd - Roddy McDowall, English actor (b. 1928)
6th - Mark Belanger, American baseball player (b. 1944)
7th - Arnold Jacobs, American tuba player a.k.a. Song and Wind (b. 1915)
10th - Clark Clifford, United States Secretary of Defense (b. 1906)
10th - Tommy Quaid, Irish hurler (b. 1957)
11th - Richard Denning, American actor (b. 1914)
12th - Mario Beaulieu, French Canadian politician (b. 1930)
12th - Matthew Shepard, American murder victim (b. 1976)
14th - Cleveland Amory, American writer and animal rights activist (b. 1917)
14th - Frankie Yankovic, American musician (b. 1916)
16th - Jon Postel, American Internet pioneer (b. 1943)
17th - Joan Hickson, British actress (b. 1906)
17th - Hakim Mohammed Said, Pakistani scholar and philanthropist
21st - Francis W. Sargent, 64th Governor of Massachusetts (b. 1915)
22nd - Eric Ambler, English novelist (b. 1909)
23rd - Barnett Slepian, American physician (b. 1946)
28th - Ted Hughes, British poet (b. 1930)
29th - Paul Misraki, French songwriter (b. 1908)
31st - Elmer Vasko, Canadian ice hockey player (b. 1935)